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RESOURCES FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS

Course Plans

Provide a comprehensive course with our ¼ϲͶע worksheets. Each of our evolving course plans and worksheet series can be followed systematically or you can select lessons to use as supplementary material.

English for Work and Life

Level: Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Part 1 - Socialising and travel
Business English
Lesson 1
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Small talk

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson teaches expressions and techniques for making conversation. The students study vocabulary for describing different types of social interaction as well as typical conversation openers and responses. Through listening and role play, the learners practise greeting each other and making small talk.

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A changing world

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The lesson is based on an article about a Polish railway worker who regained consciousness after 19 years in a coma to discover how much his country had changed since the time of his accident in 1988. Vocabulary related to health and politics is studied, and there is a review of the past and present tenses used when giving biographical information about someone. At the end of the lesson, students talk about changes in their own countries’ recent history.

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Making friends

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

*This lesson has been updated.

In this lesson, students discuss making friends and maintaining friendships in the modern world. The lesson provides plenty of speaking practice on the issues raised, including how friendships and social interactions have been affected by the rise of technology and the Covid-19 pandemic. There is an opportunity to review questions which can be asked when meeting new people and some useful phrasal verbs are introduced. There is also an optional activity on friendship idioms.

by Gillian Smylie

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Lesson 4
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Cultural know-how

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The topic of this lesson is the importance of understanding the cultural etiquette of different countries. The lesson introduces idioms concerned with etiquette and behaviour such as go Dutch, follow suit, return the compliment. Present modal verbs for advice, possibility and necessity are revised and past forms are introduced and practised. Finally, students get to talk about the cultural etiquette of their countries and their experiences doing business in a cross-cultural environment.

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Lesson 5
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Taxi!

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson has been updated.

The topic of this lesson is driving. Students read an article on the opinions of British travellers on taxi drivers around the world and learn vocabulary for describing driving techniques. Students will have plenty of opportunity to practise using the vocabulary and to talk about taxi rides and driving in general. In the optional extension activities, the differences between the gerund and infinitive forms in two-verb structures are reviewed and practised, as well as British and American English terms for different road features.

by Gillian Smylie

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Lesson 6
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In the city

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This video-enhanced lesson plan will help your students talk about cities in a more descriptive manner. If you do not have the means to play the video clips in the lesson, follow the instructions in the teacher notes for alternative activities.

Part 2 - Dealing with problems
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Procrastination

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Do you or your students procrastinate? This worksheet is based on a newspaper article that discusses procrastination and presents a few creative solutions for avoiding idle behaviour. The lesson provides plenty of opportunities for speaking.

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Lesson 2
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Problem solving

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students learn useful language for handling and solving problems at work. Vocabulary for describing different types of problems and solutions is studied. Students then listen to several dialogues and study the expressions used by the speakers to declare and diagnose a problem as well as make suggestions and take action. At the end of the lesson, there is a role play activity in which the language from the lesson is put into practice. There are two animated videos which can be played instead of the dialogue or given to the student(s) as material to take away.

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Lesson 3
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Born to snooze

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is people’s sleep-wake cycles. Students complete a questionnaire to discover if they are genetically predisposed to waking up early or late and then read an article to find out how they fit in society and what type of profession would suit them best. The lesson teaches a variety of idioms related to waking and sleeping. Students also learn how to indicate their opinion using a variety of adverbs and adverbial phrases.

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Lesson 4
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Stress relief

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is work stress. Students read an article about an unusual method of relieving stress involving volunteers from Madrid. In the grammar section of the worksheet, reduced relative clauses are studied and practised. At the end of the lesson, there is a speaking activity in which the students discuss different stress relief methods.

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Lesson 5
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Sharing viewpoints

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson teaches language for sharing opinions during business meetings and discussions. Students listen to or watch an animated video of a teleconference involving the board members of an IT distribution company discussing a proposal to expand their business. After studying the key expressions from the dialogue, students role-play a management meeting in which they practise exchanging their own opinions and ideas.

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Lesson 6
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Worry more, live longer

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is health and stress. Students learn a variety of medical terms and read an article on how moderate stress can benefit people’s health according to recent scientific studies. In the grammar exercise, the use of cleft sentences beginning with ‘it’ (e.g. It’s the degree of stress that is important) is studied. Students also practise using the linking words and phrases to develop an argument. At the end of the lesson, there is a general discussion on health.

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Lesson 7
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Health and lifestyle

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to health and lifestyle.

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Lesson 8
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Workplace bullying

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students read an article about a case of bullying at an Australian workplace. The lesson covers some key vocabulary related to law as well as a discussion activity designed to get students talking in depth about the issue.

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Lesson 9
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Office annoyances

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students read an article about the things that people find most annoying in the office in this lesson plan. Activities focus on understanding the text, plus key words and phrases. The lesson ends with an activity for students to discuss the article.

Part 3 - Effective communication
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Being tactful

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students study common adjectives for describing polite and impolite behaviour. Through listening, language practice and role play, students also learn how to avoid causing offence by using diplomatic ‘softening’ words and structures. In this updated version of the lesson plan, there is a fun animated video which can be played instead of the audio dialogue.

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Lesson 2
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Chatting and small talk

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson introduces idioms and common social expressions used for gossiping, confiding in other people and making small talk. Students study the use of question tags in making conversation and role play a variety of situations using the expressions and structures from the lesson.

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Common exclamations

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This short lesson filler introduces eight typical exclamations used by English speakers to express a variety of emotions. The students learn and practise the expressions through language practice, listening and role play.

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Lesson 4
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Is the customer king?

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is customer service. Students read an article about the opinions of business travellers on the customer service at hotels in different parts of the world. Words and expressions for describing customer service are practised. In the grammar section of the worksheet, tenses for describing a past experience are studied. At the end of the lesson, students talk about their own customer service experiences.

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Exaggeration and understatement

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson students learn how and when to use exaggeration and understatement in their spoken English.

Part 4 - Figures
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Lesson 1
Negotiating deals

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson teaches useful language for learners who need to negotiate in English. After studying vocabulary for describing the different stages in a negotiation, students listen to two extracts from a negotiation and study the tactics and key structures that are used by each side to make proposals, bargain, and reach a deal. At the end of the lesson, the students role-play a negotiation using the language from the lesson.

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The financial crisis

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is the global financial crisis. Students read an article on how the economic downturn was affecting Britain in 2008. A number of economic terms are introduced, and a variety of structures for predicting and speculating about the future are studied and practised. Students discuss how their countries have been affected by the crisis.

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Lesson 3
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Querying figures

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students learn how to query figures in English. Vocabulary for describing different numerical mistakes is studied. Students then listen to a phone call in which the speakers report and explain errors. The key expressions used for reporting an error, quoting a discrepancy, explaining an error and promising action are studied and practised.

Part 5 - Hiring and firing
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Networking

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is networking. Students read an article on the benefits of making useful connections in business and how to be a good networker. In the grammar section of the worksheet, a variety of structures with ‘get’ are studied and practised. At the end of the lesson, students talk about the usefulness of networking in their businesses, careers and in job hunting.

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The job interview

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson is useful for students who are preparing to attend a job interview as well as students who need to interview candidates in English. The worksheet presents key adjectives for describing personal characteristics as well as common words and expressions used for writing a CV. Students look at a variety of typical questions that can be asked during a job interview and then listen to a dialogue between an interviewer and a candidate. The language used in the dialogue is studied and practised through role play. In this updated version of the lesson plan, there is an animated video version of the interview, which can be played instead of the audio dialogue.

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You’re fired!

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is employee misconduct. Students read an article about how companies in the UK deal with employees who have committed offences at work and in their leisure time. Terms for describing different offences, crimes and aspects of the legal system are studied. In the grammar exercises, the students review and practise the first, second, third and mixed conditionals. At the end of the lesson, the class discusses the worksheet topic.

Part 6 - Global issues
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What if?

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson is based on an article that examines what the world would be like if certain past events had or had not taken place. The third and mixed conditionals are studied and practised in the grammar exercises. At the end of the lesson, students discuss hypothetical scenarios in their own countries.

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Ethical chocolate (listening version)

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson is the listening version of the popular article-based worksheet Ethical chocolate. The theme is business ethics. Students listen to an interview with the founders of a UK chocolate company called Montezuma’s. The fictitious dialogue is based on an article from The Independent entitled “The innovative chocolate company with a taste for ethical trading”. Students discuss attitudes to ethics in their own businesses and countries. The lesson also introduces a number of common phrasal verbs, which are studied and practised.

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Lesson 3
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Crime and punishment

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to crime and punishment.  

Part 7 - Office life
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Writing emails

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson teaches useful words and expressions for writing emails in English. The lesson warms up with a vocabulary exercise in which the students study some common terms for describing emails and email features, e.g. attachment, read receipt, disclaimer, etc. The worksheet then presents a variety of words and expressions that can be written in formal or informal style. This language is put into practice at the end of the lesson.

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Chairing meetings

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson teaches useful expressions for learners who need to chair meetings in English. After studying vocabulary for describing the skills and roles of a chairperson, students listen to a dialogue in which the managers of a language training centre discuss their company’s advertising strategy. Key expressions used by the chairperson of the meeting are studied. At the end of the lesson, the students role-play a meeting, taking turns to chair the discussion. In this updated version of the lesson plan, there is a fun animated video which can be played instead of the audio.

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Dress code

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is company dress code. Students read a short article about the changing attitudes towards employee dress code among businesses in the UK. In the grammar section of the worksheet, the passive voice is reviewed. This is followed by a discussion on the issues raised in the article and the general attitude to company clothes policy in the students’ own countries.

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Meeting reports

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson teaches the vocabulary and grammar necessary for taking meeting minutes in English. Students listen to a dialogue of a meeting and read an extract from the minutes. After studying the vocabulary and grammar used in the text, they practise reporting statements and taking minutes.

Part 8 - Home life
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Discussing opinions

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students listen to two friends discussing the cuisines of different countries and study the expressions that are used for sharing opinions, agreeing and disagreeing. Students then practise discussing different topics using the language from the lesson.

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Describing a recipe

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson presents a variety of words and expressions used for talking about cooking. Through listening, writing and speaking, students learn how to describe a recipe in detail.

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Weather changes

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is weather changes and people’s health. Students read an article on how weather changes can cause headaches according to recent scientific studies. In the grammar exercises, modal verbs used for expressing possibility are reviewed and practised in their present and past forms. At the end of the lesson, students discuss the lesson topic further and its importance in their own countries. This worksheet would be particularly suitable for students from countries with changeable weather systems.

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Lesson 4
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Weather

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary for describing the weather.

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Lesson 5
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Superstition

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson is suitable for any time of the year, but ideal on a Friday the 13th. Students read an article on the origins of common superstitions and discuss the topic of irrational beliefs. In the grammar section of the worksheet, the passive structures used throughout the article are studied and practised.